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Match report: Mali win first 2013 Afcon match against Niger

Posted: 20 January 2013 Time: 22:29

Seydou Keita scored six minutes from time to hand Mali a 1-0 win over Niger in their Africa Cup of Nations opener.

Mali deserved the victory, as they dominated possession and create chances, and also hit the woodwork.

Cheick Diabate has a chance early on, as he drove a low effort towards goal in the third minute, but Kassaly Daouda got down well to make the save.

Kalilou Traore tried an ambitious shot from 35 metres, which drifted wide via a deflection in the 16th minute.

In the 22nd minute Niger won a corner on the right flank, which Issoufou delivered, and after a scramble the ball dropped to Koffi Dan Kowa who smashed a shot towards goal, but Mamadou Samassa did well to block it and the ball rolled out for the throw-in.

On the half-hour mark, Traore delivered a ball into the box, which took a slight deflection as travelled towards the back post. Sigamary Diarra was unmarked, but couldonly knee the ball out for a goal-kick, with the Niger keeper at his mercy after missing the ball in the air.

In the 78th minute Mali had a great chance, as Diarra picked out Diabate in space. He cushioned his lay-off for Keita, who looked to pass the ball into the back of the net, and he struck the post before Karim Lancina put it behind for a corner.

With six minutes remaining the Eagles of Mali found the crucial goal they had been seeking. Diawara delivered the ball into the box and it looked to be a routine catch for Niger keeper Daouda. He fumbled, however, and the ball fell to Keita, who had the simplest of tasks, shooting into an open net.


Previous comments on this story...

Commander Of The Ship Cpt. Black Beard
posted: 10:43 pm
Thank you Mali for giving us first of Afcon 2013 I was getting tired of all these draws. BB4Afcon
kaizer chiefs no:1 in the UK
posted: 10:44 pm
Ghana mite not make it cause DRC played good football
posted: 11:28 pm
Dc cow inentlahla yerrrrr
posted: 11:38 pm
This nations cup has not been as entertaining as the 2012 edition. Hopefully things will pick up tomorrow when the defending champs start their title defense. The first 8 teams in the opening 4 matches did not impress me.
Chester missing
posted: 01:33 am
Despite this win, Mali will not make it to the quartefinals. Zaire and Ghana will qualify. Mali is very rusty i don't see it beating either ghana or zaire..
posted: 06:00 am
Boring Match.
posted: 07:01 am
Mail thnk u!!! Looking forward to ma super eagles
Tico MP
posted: 08:16 am
namuhla sisembombela.....
posted: 08:46 am
Its only a Fool who will Think Ghana will not qualify. Its going to be Ghana/Congo or Ghana/Mali because of their win today. Ghana and Congo showed more hunger than Mali and Niger. Ghana's clinical finishing is superb if not for congo's Keeper we would have given them a sound beating. Gyan failed us.
thuth teller
posted: 09:04 am
The crowd attendance on these AFCON games is a dissapointment.
This AFCON has started in a very low note and if it continues like this, It will go down as one of the most boring AFCONs ever.
posted: 09:11 am
@TroyBoateng. .................... Your team has to beat Mali First before you can call people fools and think of going through to the quarterfinals, Ghana was not convincing last night and they were lucky to have come out of that game with a POINT............That game reminded me of an article which was written after the 2012 AFCON where the then Ghanaian coach was saying Ghana is a team that relies on Muti (Juju), Juju got Ghana that point not that they are a strong team to beat........even NIGER can easily walk away with a point from Ghana if not 3..........DRC is the best team that plays the best football in that group
NU KING (ba mu da kingi)
posted: 09:20 am
The battle day is here at last. Oh my darling Baby eagles! Howbeit you'll be thrown to the pitch by the slave masters to battle a kingdom that super eagles should face. Why you? Why not super eagles? Retrogression in the order of the day has exposed you untimely.

All eyes are on you, will you be strangled to death or you will tap from the powers of the ancestors and conquer the enemies? My voice can't he heard, that i may shout your name with tears in my eyes to motivate you. I will not wipe tears until the end of this war.

Don't go back in defense, don't wait for them to come for you. The best form of defense is attack. Be strong and ruthless, hit them where it hurts. I am willing to believe you will conquer but you need to be strong and believe in yourself. Even in tears and anxiety I have some what hope you can win.


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